Q: I cant contact the court by phone, what do I do?
I live in Orange County California and was sentenced to 60 days jail for a DUI charges. I got accepted to a house arrest program and was supposed to prebook a few days ago. I was feeling kind of sick but I went anyways, at the jail I got tested for covid and told to go home and so need to reschedule but my surrender date is today and I cant go see a judge to get my date extended because I have covid, nor do I think I will be allowed to book into jail. I cant contact the court by phone, what do I do? I was givin a "Defendant not accpeted for commitment" form from the jail.
A: You can either hire an attorney or call the PD that represented you and ask them to add it back on at the courthouse. Show the judge your COVID test or let them know the jail sent you home for COVID. The Judge will most likely give you a new turn in date. Or you could go do this yourself but be prepared as the Judge may just take you into custody at the courthouse.
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